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Re:, question

From: Ineiev
Subject: Re:, question
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2008 12:28:32 +0400

On 8/22/08, Bob Friesenhahn <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Aug 2008, John Calcote wrote:
> >
> > As someone has already mentioned, the rules of the GPL *ONLY* apply to
> > non-originators. The purpose of the GPL is to protect the rights of the
> > originator. The originator of software under GPL has MORE rights than
> > the GPL grants. He or she has all rights to license any way he or she
> > wishes.
> >
>  You clearly have this reversed.  The purpose of the GPL is to protect the
> rights of the recipient.
>  The purpose of copyright in general is to protect the originator but that
> is not what GPL is all about.
>  The true copyright holder (often difficult to figure out) has the right to
> distribute the code under some other license.

I read the GPL as "we give you the program under the condition that
you shall not distribute it in other way than such and such".
I thought there was no clause "we promise to do this and that".
It is nothing other than getting from the originator
under the terms of the GPL that obliges "us".

Certainly, there is no evident reasons why the originator might
want not to follow the GPL himself or herself or theirselves
while licensing the program under the GPL.

Correct me, please.


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